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Agriculture In Hawaii

Bill Encourages Students to Consider Careers in Farming Flickr.com: Brock Rosberry

Bill Encourages Students to Consider Careers in Farming

Legislation would establish program to train teachers and administrations to promote agricultural self-sufficiency.
No Prison-for-Pineapples After Land Swap Bill Stalls in House Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Prison-for-Pineapples After Land Swap Bill Stalls in House

Hawaii Senate measure would have investigated trading Dole farmland for the OCCC jail site in Kalihi.
Maui GMO Farming Moratorium Won’t Be Enforced Until At Least June Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui GMO Farming Moratorium Won’t Be Enforced Until At Least June

A federal judge has extended an injunction blocking Maui County's voter-approved moratorium until she rules on the case. She set the next hearing for June 15.
Voter-Approved Maui County GMO Moratorium May Be Further Delayed File Photo

Voter-Approved Maui County GMO Moratorium May Be Further Delayed

A federal judge says she may wait to see what happens with two related bills in the Legislature, even though they both appear to be dead.
Lawmakers Struggle to Boost Hawaii’s Food Production Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Struggle to Boost Hawaii’s Food Production

The Hawaii Legislature is looking at easing restrictions, reconfiguring taxes and mandating recommendations from past studies to decrease dependence on imports.
Sugar Cane: Another Season of Smoke Looms Over Maui Courtesy of Maui Tomorrow Foundation

Sugar Cane: Another Season of Smoke Looms Over Maui

Opponents decry effects on health and tourism, but field burning by the only sugar plantation left on Maui doesn't violate clean-air standards, state says.
Tokuda Shoots Down Pesticide Buffer Zones Bill Without a Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tokuda Shoots Down Pesticide Buffer Zones Bill Without a Hearing

Despite pressure from its supporters, the Hawaii senator refuses to call a hearing for a bill to require buffer zones around schools.
As Hoopili Decision Looms, How Much Farmland Is Left? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Hoopili Decision Looms, How Much Farmland Is Left?

Does Hawaii have enough ag land left to make significant headway toward food self-sufficiency? State and city data don't provide the answer.
House Panel Rejects Bill to Impose Buffer Zones for Pesticides Flickr.com

House Panel Rejects Bill to Impose Buffer Zones for Pesticides

UPDATED: Similar measures are advancing in the Senate and await hearings involving senators Jill Tokuda and Rosalyn Baker.
Disappearing Farmland: Hoopili Continues the Trend Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Disappearing Farmland: Hoopili Continues the Trend

While the city of Honolulu develops along its rail route, lawmakers get an eye-opening Oahu agriculture update.
Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying

Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying

Three Senate committees approved a bill to require large agricultural companies to abide by buffer zones for spraying restricted-use pesticides around schools and other sensitive areas.
Hawaii House Panel to Take Up Pesticide Buffer Zones PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Panel to Take Up Pesticide Buffer Zones

Anti-GMO advocates are drumming up support for the measure to limit where large ag companies like Monsanto can spray pesticides.